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Statistics on Homelessness in DuPage County

Average age of a homeless person in DuPage County:  8 years old

Child poverty rate in DuPage County (1):  11%

DuPage County residents who live in poverty (1):  71,040 residents, or 7.8% of DuPage County residents

DuPage County residents who live in extreme poverty (2):  28,384 residents, or 3.1% of DuPage County residents

Fair market monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment in DuPage County (3):  $958

Number of hours needed to work, per week, at minimum age to afford rent (3):  89 hours

Unemployment rate in DuPage County as of Nov 2013 (4):  6.5%, or 34,372 DuPage County residents


1 The U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 and 2011 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates,

2 2011 American Community Services Survey,

3 National Low Income Housing Coalition, Out of Reach 2012,

Illinois Department of Employment Security's Local Area Unemployment Statistics

One Night survey

A One Night survey conducted on January 29, 2014 indicated that 625 persons in DuPage County were homeless on that night.  This is a reduction from 636 in 2013.

216 persons in emergency shelter 
409 persons in transitional housing
66 of the sheltered persons were chronically homeless – Of these, there were 64 individuals and 1 family (2 persons).

There were 76 youth between the ages of 18-24 in shelter or transitional housing on that night.

For more complete information please see the 2014 Homeless Populations Chart. The next Homeless Count is scheduled for January 2015.

Source: DuPage County Continuum,


To rent a typical apartment in DuPage County, a person who works a job that only pays minimum wage would need to work 107 hours per week to afford a two-bedroom apartment.